The computer would lock up and I'd be forced to shut down to gain use. I could just pull the message over to another monitor and continue to work... for a while. Eventually, I would have to reboot. Ran at the time Avast. Found trojans and lots of spyware. Quarantined. Came back. Downloaded Superantispyware and updated. Eliminated Avast. Ran a full scan. Found viruses and spyware. Quarantined. Restarted. The same problems continued. Installed Malware Bytes. Ran a full scan. Found viruses and spyware. Quarantined. Restarted. The same problems continued. Ran again. Found more. Restarted. Ran immediately. Clean.
Problems continued to surface, mainly manifested as hijackings/redirects in my browser. At first, it was only within I.E.8. I could use Mozilla Firefox without incident. For a day. Finally showed up when using Firefox. Ran Malwarebytes. Found trojans.Quarantined. Restarted. Clean after running again. Half an hour later, the redirects appear. Downloaded and installed Microsoft Security Essentials. ran it after updating. Found viruses and spyware. Deleted these. Ran again. Clean.
Problems with browser hijacks have continued to point where I can no longer download. The download is cancelled. I've run both Malwarebytes and MS Security Essentials. Neither came up with any infections, but the the problems persist. The browsers eventually stop working, executables won't download and my click on links gets redirected.
I've had problems in the past and always have been able to rid myself of any issues, but this has me completely stumped and I need someone to help me learn things that I might do. At the suggestion of a friend I disabled the Windows Acquisition Service but can't see that it gave me any benefit.
As another note, I recently placed two used 1GB memory modules in my laptop to replace the two 512Mb memory modules. These were used. Is it possible that the problem is imbedded within these?
I leave myself open for any suggestions or processes to undertake. I can always reinstall, but I have some software items, such as Adobe PDF Professional, that I no longer have the disks, so I'd prefer to not go this route unless absolutely essential.
Thanks in advance for the consideration and assistance.
Edited by Blade Zephon, 08 February 2011 - 12:06 AM.
Moved from XP to AII. ~BZ